Grateful Dead Live at Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden on 1971-12-05
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Pre-FM > MR > DAT > CD; stemming from Merry Prankster tree #6; tree seeded by Charlie Miller; SHN branch by Michael Weise?; notes: no encore, complete Muddy Water, small cut in Casey Jones, chatter edited; see pub comments for md5 notes
- 2004-06-06 19:33:28
- Pre-FM > MR > DAT > CD
- New York, NY
Subject: Muddy Water
The first recording was by Stonewall Jackson in 1964.
It was subsequently recorded by many others,
including Johnny Rivers who had a hit with it in 1966.
The Stonewall Jackson lyrics are:
I was born in Macon Georgia
Met my dad in the Macon jail
Dady said "Son, if you keep your hands clean
You won't hear them bloodhounds on your trail"
But I fell in with bad companions
Killed a man up in Tennessee
Sheriff caught me way up in Nashville
They locked me up and they threw away the key
I washed my hands in muddy water
I washed my hands but they didn't come clean
I tried to do like my daddy told me
But I must have washed my hands in a muddy stream
I asked the jailer when my times up
He said "Son, we won't forget
But if you try to keep your hands clean
We may make a good man of you yet
I couldn't wait to serve my sentence
I broke out of that Nashville jail
And I crossed that line of Georgia
And I can hear the bloodhounds on my trail
John 2:25 (Young's Literal Translation)
and because HE had no need that any should testify concerning man, for HE himself was knowing what was in man.
The Felt Forum was a much smaller venue located inside MSG.
WNEW-FM rock n roll for N.Y.C
This show is great. read the reviews. listen to the music.
"GET UP AND DANCE, IT WON'T RUIN YOU"
Subject: Proof positive, there is a God in heaven.
Subject: El Paso
Subject: Grahams intro
Subject: the old testament
I initially discarded this performance and went back later to really check if my gut reaction was worth anything, and I found myself slapping my head Homer Simpson-style. Sure, it's echoey, it's muffled, it's shaky, the reels flip channels once in a while....it's, in short, a damned mess, but DAMN.....through it all comes that playing, that out-of-control-cat-on-fire-71 precision that absolutely has to be heard. Everything is played helter-skelter-FM-bass crazy - just let yourself be won over by this, as I did.
So, yeah, this thing is anything but *crispy*....but gimme seconds!
Subject: Was I There?
Subject: Essential show
Everything's high energy yet very relaxed at the same time. Don't know if it has any spectacular individual moments but as an overall performance it's a winner.
Yeah, the recording is a little wonky in places. I'm not personally bothered by that stuff but if you are, knock off a star.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live In Concert" December 5, 1971, at the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
My first GRATEFUL DEAD show was the night before.
I was 16 when I saw the GRATEFUL DEAD.
The New Yorkers always energized the GRATEFUL DEAD. Here's an upbeat-high-energy show from NYC.
What makes this show even more special is that this is a PIGPEN & KEITH show. You cant' have too many of those.
This show is not the cleanest mixed and recorded show the GRATEFUL DEAD ever did, but it is what it sounded like on the FM Stereo Radio. I remember everyone recording this show off the radio onto cassettes.
Get all 4 shows at the Felt Forum, December 4,5,6, & 7, 1971. They are a "Must Have" for all collectors of the GRATEFUL DEAD.
1971 is my favorite year of the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Full of vim and vigor the GRATEFUL DEAD blow away the New York crowd. Listen to the show and witness the fun, excitement, and enjoyment.
It's not a 5 star show "audio wise" but "performance wise" it is. I rate this show 5 stars.
Here's one way to stream/dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.
RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.
If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.
Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.
Repeat these steps for each song.
Hook up audio cables (1/8th inch stereo male jack with two rca male jacks at the other end) from your headphone jack on your computer to your audio input on your Reel to Reel, Cassette,VHS, CD, DVD, MP3, recorder and record it in real time...duh?
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD, for tomorrow we may die....
Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
PS: Remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and get the "Felt Forum Ticket Stub" for this show.
Remember to get the New Riders of the Purple Sage, they opened the show:
Subject: Sounds Pretty Good
The sound is a little weird tho. Yes, i know that this is a major upgrade from what was previously around (thanks Charlie!) and maybe i am just spoiled by the amazingly crisp sounding other recordings on this site. This sound (pre-FM) mix sounds like a very well editing and adjusted AUD recording at times, and others is SBD. So it might be an upgrade, and i might be spoiled, but the sound is uneven, especially if your a SBD freak.
5 for performance
3 for sound
Subject: Dial Up
Subject: about to lose it here
Subject: @amacomber, & a tasty show
welcome to archive! this is a good show to stumble upon your first time.
The show really gets off to a great start, very very high energy, and they seem to keep things under control. one of keith's first shows, and they also bust out some new songs. Def a must listen.
Feel that groove in Mister Charlie?
Subject: How do you download files?
Subject: Not Fade Away
Later I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and in my 18 years there saw hundreds of shows.
Last week my 11 year-old son played at the elementary school talent show. There he stood on stage with his electrified acoustic guitar, looking completely at home. You can imagine how beautiful it was to hear him rip into his blazin' version of "Not Fade Away."
Love IS real, not fade away.
Subject: Casey Lesh
Subject: Love it
Subject: I fully agree
One of the best of the timeframe!
Subject: flawless, imho
the only 'muddy water' ever sends chills down my spine. it's spontaneous sounding. full tones, jerry's plaintive yokel yowel, a tight arrangement, who could ask for more? this tune always sends me the message of what a special era this was.
the 'bertha,' 'comes a time,' and 'tennessee jed' all show that jerry had a special spark on this night. for me, the first set even outshines the second. perhaps that's because i had only a tape of the first back when, and that's the nostalgia factor kickin' in.
the fm compression has always been good to my ears. sometimes, the pristine boards miss out on the sound of the room, the pa echo and the crowd. this recording, though compressed, has a rare tone that is refreshing. boards are sometimes far more lifeless.
great banter about visiting the fridge, spinning tapes, and smoking coconuts. definitely a high water mark. those in attendance were lucky, indeed.
Great show that brings back lots of happy memories.
I particularly like the "Sittin' on Top of the World" and the "You Win Again."
Enjoy! Whoever uploaded this recording--thanks!
Subject: Rings True Like a Glory Bell
What a heyday !!!!! Smokin !!
Subject: very nice
Its a keeper for sure
Subject: great show!
1) download SHN's from gdlive.com
2) convert to WAV
3) open audio editor and fix SBE's (if any)@ the beginning of each track...fades mainly
4) -40 cents pitch correction (it needs it on some songs)
5) save WAV
(6) convert to MP3 for your ipod :)
Subject: Muddy sound
3.5 because of the compressed sound
Do a lot of people listen to dead air w/o talking etc? I would just skip over it anyway.
Subject: WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!
Subject: 5 Star playing
Subject: December 5th, 1971
One star knocked off for the not completely cleaned up mix, (it would be four and a half if it didn't work with full stars.) But hey...if that's the best they could do, its still fantastic, and we're fortunate to have this available.
A great show. Stream it, check it out. Reccomended.
Subject: At last!
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